Rodeo #1: Dialog

And we’re off! Geoff Le Pard is first through the gate at the Rodeo with contest number 1, ‘Dialogue’. All details below. Open to all, free entry, and a cash prize for the winner. Contest closes October 10 at 11:59pm EST. See you back here with next week’s contest, and best of luck to all.

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

By Geoff Le Pard, Rodeo Leader

Writers are notorious people watchers. It’s a small miracle we don’t get done for stalking more often. Part of that idea — thieving we do involves listening to what people say — phrases, the modes of speech, dialect, etc. People convey ideas and feelings with words. [READ MORE…]

So, those pesky rules:

  1. Every entry must be 99 words, no more, no less. You can have a title outside that limit.
  2. It’s dialogue only. Everything inside speech marks, please. (American and British styles both accepted.)
  3. Any genre, time, place, just let us know via words. If you can world build a fantasy, hats off! (Oh, by the way, I bloody loathe the overuse of the exclamation mark. Be very sparing or my prejudices may show through.
  4. It’s a conversation so you need two characters at least. But can you have a conversation with yourself? With…

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About Sherri Matthews

While writing to publication of her memoir, 'Stranger in a White Dress', Sherri has been published in national magazines, websites and four anthologies in memoir, essays, articles, poetry and flash fiction. Sherri raised her children in California, and today lives in England with her husband, Aspie youngest and their pet menagerie fondly called ‘Animal Farm’. As well as writing, Sherri keeps out of trouble gardening, walking, and taking endless photographs, a few of the better ones she shares on her blog A View From My Summerhouse.
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24 Responses to Rodeo #1: Dialog

  1. Norah says:

    This is a fun one, Sherri. 🙂

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  2. dgkaye says:

    This should be fun Sher. I just can’t do this one. I’m behind in writing articles with deadlines and need to save room for memoir and hopefully yours and Norah’s. ❤ xxxx Tall order! 🙂 xxx

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    • No worries, Deb. Just do the ones you can manage. Believe me, I know that feel lol!!! Means so much to have your support for the Rodeo. I’m hanging on by a thread as I near the finish line on my rewrites…I gravitate from elation to sheer terror at the thought! Your work must come first, and any contest you do manage to squeeze in will be a wonderful bonus for us who get to read it! Have a wonderful weekend, my friend, and hope you get caught up but also take plenty of time to relax. See you next week! 🙂 ❤ 🙂 xoxox

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      • dgkaye says:

        Thanks for the vote of confidence Sher! And look at you approaching the finish line! I’m so excited for you. Keep going when you can. Don’t put ridiculous deadlines on yourself. When it’s ready you will know! Enjoy the weekend my friend. It’s our Thanksgiving weekend coming up. Not sure if you guys have that there? Enjoy nonetheless! ❤ xoxox 🙂

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        • Hi Deb…likewise, my friend, and huge apologies for my late reply (yeah, I know…broken record comes to mind, argggghhhh….) I hear you loud and clear about deadline pressure. I have an editor lined up and if I can keep going…but/and/then some technical issues/stuff cropped up and so it goes, but back to form now so I’ll be hanging on by a thread everywhere until then. Meaning…your encouragement and support is huge…thank you so much, dear Deb! And a – very 😦 – belated Happy Thanksgiving to you, hope you had a wonderful time. I didn’t know about your Canadian Thanksgiving until recently and wasn’t too sure when it was, we don’t have anything like that here. But we do have Guy Fawkes Night on November 5, as you know 🙂 Hope your writing is going well and you get to enjoy another weekend and here’s to cracking the whip next week as the finish line fast approaches…phew! Huge hugs coming your way! 🙂 ❤ 🙂 xoxo

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          • dgkaye says:

            Thanks so much Sher. Wishing you a beautiful fall weekend too! Isn’t it always something with us, lol. Well it just means you’ve learned to be a great dodger, working in between the hoops. Just look what a wonderful multi-tasker you’ve become. LOL ❤ xoxoxo And thanks for the Thanksgiving wishes. It was a lovely weekend! ❤ ❤ xxxx

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            • So glad you had such a lovely weekend, Deb. And thanks so much for your inpsiring and encouraging messages. Haha…dodger…love it! And so true, especially now with the Rodeo in full swing and we both know how incredibly time consuming writing is when we get to the last of our book rewrites and it’s so hard not to get overwhelmed, isn’t it? I’ve spent my entire life flying by the seat of my pants lol…we don’t get through times like these without learning a thing or two, right? You’re a star, my friend. Here’s to a good, productive week ahead…and I’ll catch up with you by hook or by crook as soon as I can make some headway with the memoir…I really do want to get it to the editor by early November. Pushing it big time…but I’m determined, if nothing else! Love and hugs, my friend! 🙂 ❤ 🙂 xoxoxo

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              • dgkaye says:

                You’re on the right path Sher. Just keep doing what needs to be done. Eventually, it all falls into place. Maybe the Rodeo writing will be a perfect distraction from your edits, giving you fresh eyes for the next round. Keep us posted on your progress!!!!! Big hugs coming your way! ❤ xoxoxo 🙂 xx

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                • Thanks so much, Deb. You’re right about the perfect distraction. It helps to change focus and regain some writing energy for the next round, as you say…phew! I’ll definitely keep everyone posted, will put up a short post very soon and also will catch up with you, my friend and your travel posts over at Sally’s too, and know I’m horribly late but I’ll get there! Keep those hugs coming…and I’m sending the same right back to you. And today is my contest at the Rodeo, yay! ❤ ❤ ❤ 🙂 xoxoxo

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                  • dgkaye says:

                    Just keep doing what you’re doing Sher. Don’t pressure yourself with those time constraints. in due time my friend! ❤ Oh yay, I'll be over later to read the challenge which I'm looking forward to participating in. I just sent in my entry to Irene's challenge! ❤ xxxxxxx Big hugs! ❤ ❤

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                    • Thanks again so much, Deb ❤ I'm heeding every one of your wise words, believe me! Yay…I did the same, literally just now for Irene's, phew! I'll be reblogging my contest shortly and can't wait to read your entry later on. This is fun, isn't it? So great to have you onboard, or should I say, in the saddle, lol 😀 ❤ 🙂 More big hugs!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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                    • dgkaye says:

                      Thanks again Sher. Yay, glad you made it in to Irene’s contest too. ❤ I'm dashing over to read your challenge now! ❤ xoxo

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                    • I did, I did…by the skin of my teeth, as per lol!!! Just caught up with you at the Ranch. can’t wait to read your entry. This is a lot of fun we’re having at the Rodeo! Thanks again, Deb!!! 🙂 ❤ xoxoxo

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  3. Charli Mills says:

    Thanks for sharing Geoff’s dialog (with a turtle)!

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